Cast Iron

A Moment In Time, 150 Years Later

That’s the West Main Street bridge in Clinton, New Jersey, spanning the south branch of the Raritan River. Clinton* is in western Jersey, due west of New York City and about two-thirds of the way form NYC to Allentown, Pennsylvania. The Raritan River takes a somewhat circuitous path before joining New York Bay at Perth …

A Moment In Time, 150 Years Later Read More »

False Advertising

That’s the Park Avenue Hotel, as seen shortly after 1900. It was located on the west side of the avenue (see below regarding addresses) between 32nd and 33rd Street, and was completed in 1877 after a period of construction that was exceptionally protracted, dragged out by economic problems. (Daytonian in Manhattan gives a nice history …

False Advertising Read More »

Standardization, Part 3

Industrial process are inherently standardized. Once you start producing anything on a large scale and with some degree of mechanization, you’re producing it repetitively and therefore in a standard form. But there’s standardization and standardization. It’s worth comparing the first two purely-industrial building materials to be used in the US: cast and wrought iron. Repetition …

Standardization, Part 3 Read More »

Construction History: Small Details

The picture above sent me down a rabbit hole of minor research. I could continue looking for a long time, but I suspect diminishing returns will set in soon: the building that interests me just isn’t famous enough to have left much a mark. The building on the left, the home of the Insurance Monitor …

Construction History: Small Details Read More »

Scroll to Top